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infusion sets straight vs angled

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by mom24grlz, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. mom24grlz

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    Tell me about straight and angled infusion sets. Besides one going straight in the body and the other going in at an angle, are there other differences. Do you think one is better. (i know it's all preference, I just want your opinion) Is one more likely to cause problems then another?
     
  2. kiwiliz

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    In our experience the angled ones hurt. We use the 90' Medtronic QuickSets and they are very comfortable and have only once in 3 years come out. It was a huge tug when she got it caught on some sporting equipment and she was jumping around. The first set we tried was angled and it was so sore we had to change it within an hour. It nearly put her off pumping. She is very athletic though and doesn't have any cushioning layers.
     
  3. lotsoftots

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    Samantha is thin so when we first tried the quick set ( straight in types) her numbers went high only used it for a 2 days till the dr changed us to the silhouettes which is the 45 angle havent had a problem..so after 2 1/2 I thought we would try the new mio's MM has out IF I got a good spot she had great numbers if not OMG, like now I changed her last night with a Mio ( stright in) and she had great numbers all night, this morning she called from school telling me she was 599:eek: came home did the ketone check it was large changed the site and the cannula was bent..I had it in her arm but the only thing I can think of is some how it had to have moved a bit and hit the muscle ..so needless to say we are going back to the 45 degree ones till the girl gets lots more meat on them bones...
     
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    We used to use the angled ones for our Animas Ping, we were told when we first started on the pump that these would be best for Kieran as he's so lean.

    I didn't like using them, I found I messed up numerous site insertions because of them, figuring out the right angle and bunching up the skin etc...

    We now use the straight-in ones and love them - even on his leaner areas. THey work great and are much easier to insert. We haven't talked about whether they hurt more/less/same as the others, but thinking about it I guess he doesn't complain as much now as he used to.
     
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    We use the quick sets and had trouble the first couple of weeks with the occaisionl bent cannula. One thought I had was that I was maybe pulling the needle out too fast and it was partially pulling up the cannula as well. So I now pull the needle out slowly, and we haven't had a problem in over a year.
     
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    we use the straight in sure-t ... and I think one thing I like is that they are much easier to insert so she can do them herself if need be ...

    second of all, I noticed that they do not seem to make near the mark that the angles silhouette did on her ... and they seem to heal faster ...

    Lisa
     
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    My daughter is very skinny and we only use straight sets. We use the shorter cannula, but straight. They work great for her (we use contact-detach).
     
  8. mom24grlz

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    Do you children or yourself think they feel different. Is one more comfortable going in? Ashleigh was wondering if the straight would feel more comfortable to her since she gives her injections straight in, not at an angle.
     
  9. Nancy in VA

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    We started with the straight sets. We got 2 - 2 1/2 days at the most. When we switched to the angled, we got 3-4 days consistently. so, for us, I guess it "spread out" the insulin and the site didn't get saturated as quickly
     
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    You can contact the rep and have them come to your house to do a demonstration. That way she can try one of each. That's what we did, and Tori found that the angled one really hurt. She could not feel the one that went straight in - so that is what we have stayed with....no problems so far.
     
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    Jordan doesn't like the angled set. She says the insertion hurts and it stays sore all the time.

    She never had any problem with straight sets hurting.
     
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    My son is also lean but we went with the straight one as the inserter made the whole process much easier. The angled one for the Minimed requires you to push the needle in manually-and I felt intimidated by that and also worried that the angle would be wrong etc. (The needle looks very long too-but it apparently is no differnt than the other one). My son can insert the straight one himself and has from day one. Had one bad site-and I have to admit that a few cannulas have looked crooked after taking them out.
    That said, he did try the angled one that was inserted by an experienced Mom and after a day he began to feel it. It was not so bad that we had to pull it.
     
  13. lotsoftots

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    you dont have to insert manually, they have a setter thing or if you like you can do it by hand..we do both matters on where we are placing the site to how I do them.
     
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    The truth is I kept messing up the angled inset 30. I know it was user error and others love it. We switched to the straight sets & rarely have a problem. My son refuses to use the angled ones!
     
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    My dd is very thin and we use quickset. it works very well for her. we use 6mm for thighs and butt and 9 mm for tummy. we tried 6 mm for tummy but it was always bent.
     
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    Yes, MM has the SilSerter for the Silouettes. When we started on the pump, I thought for sure that we were going to have to go back to shots because the QuickSets kinked every time, and the steel sets hurt no matter where we put them. They both wouldn't stay on either. We switched to the Sils, and have never looked back. Most of the time I'm pretty sure we are more at a 30 degree angle, and the spots left behind are bigger, but it's the only thing that worked.

    We are almost two years in with the pump, and MIGHT try the quicksets again. Don't know. He doesn't have much more fat than before, but who knows.... maybe just enough. :)
     
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    We have always use straight-in steel sets.
     
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    We use 6mm straight set, Quickset and Mio. In the beginning of pumping, we also used some Sure T sets (steel straight). We use upper arms, thighs, hips, and bum for rotation.

    Tummy sites do not last with straight sets-high numbers day 2. And, when we put in an angled set (Silhouette) we had redness/soreness and high numbers.
     
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    I don't have enough body fat for straight in teflon sets. They kink. Every. Single. Time. Angled teflon sets are a little better, and only kink about 1/3 of the time. For me there was no difference in comfort between the two. However, I now use steel sets because kinking 1/3 of the time is still WAY too often, IMHO, considering it leaves me with ketones. The straight in steel sets are great; I've had very few problems (none, other than one bad lot which MM replaced without a problem) and don't find that they hurt any more than teflon sets.
     
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    When Alison first started pumping, we used Inset 30s (angled). Once we tried the Insets (straight), she never wanted to go back to the angled sets. She claims they hurt more going in. So we've been using straight sets for about 2 1/2 years and have had only 2 or 3 site failures in that time. We almost always get 3-4 days out of a straight set.
     

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